50 Parents Explained Why They Changed the Schools their Wards were Enrolled and WELFARE topped the list

Parents on FabMumNG were asked why they changed the schools their wards were enrolled and they had a lot to say. After more than  100 comments were broken down into categories, we found out that the welfare of the wards is the strongest reason parents change schools followed by teacher competency, school management structure and many others. See parents comments below.


newlookconcept Poor management, 3 different teachers can teach a class for a session. So bad so many parents left.
ogoz_etc@newlookconcept same reason I’m about to change my child’s school. I can’t have 3 teachers in a session teach a 3 years old. I doubt it’s the best for the child.
jaybae Changing my child because of frequent change of staffs and some bad reasons I can’t mention here and also frequent increment
kemigbengaReligious purposes, my first son was already getting deep into another religion cos the owner of the school was Of that particular religion
wineup95The school was trying to teach them about being lesbian gay bi-sexual transgender and my son was only 6!!! Please tell me why does a 6 yr old need to know about that at that age??? Or maybe im just wrong !?!?!?!?!?! 
lollies_lieuI changed my daughters creche because I discovered that they don’t pray and lacked spiritual (Christian) content. Also because at the end of the term they gave a one year old typed examination, answered, marked and score with a result sheet! Who does that!!!!!? Plus her snacks was always missing, so I went early to pick her and saw where the care giver emptied all the kids snacks on the table
I changed my daughter’s school because of the way the proprietress handles issues. If the proprietress of a sch can shout at a parent, imagine what she’ll be doing to her staff. A school where the staff is not treated well, tell me where they’ll carry out their frustration. Children don’t just throw unnecessary tantrums, Parent should always watch their children attitude while taking their child to a new school. If your child cries once you’re approaching the school and always anxious to go immediately you get to that school. Mummy watch it there’s a problem.
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panache_stitchesI changed my daughter’s creche after three months stay there, she doesn’t eat at home and they were assuring me that she eats in the creche. I knew they were lying to me when at her next immunization her weight has dropped. I was really sad and I changed the creche immediately. Where she is now, she is eating well and always happy whenever I drop and pick her 
nmasinachi1When my little daughter was in crèche,she always have cough & catarrh. She’s kinda being on antibiotics almost every month which I don’t like. I kept complaining and asked them if they have children with constant cold they said none. I went to pick her early one day and saw children with catarrh dropping down from their noses, saw one that another child is even playing with the mucus I shivered. I went to the office of the headmistress and call her to the class, she was like eehhh it was not like that maybe it just came out. I left the remaining money and that was my last their. I can’t even recommend there. It’s not cheap either cos it belongs to one church like that,. 

enniskidzzI changed my Son’s crèche back then. He was always down with a cold. I dropped him off one that and I called their attention to it and told them to please reduce the speed of the fan which they did. I got back in the evening to pick him up and the fan was on the highest speed with him directly under the fan. 

yewybinitieOh I changed my 2 yo son’s school after he came home one day with scratches on his face and neck no one at school could explain. Clearly, they were mixed with older children or something bit then d issue was not the injury…it was the fact that no one knew how or when it happened. 
bashhouseofdenimHe was having infection almost every month, he was always crying at the gate and he did that for 6months, I thought it was normal until I changed his school, the cry stoppedembrace.the.mess.you.areI had my sons in daycare for 3 weeks and the both of them would cry for 6 hours straight. I just had a feeling it was the childcare. I changed they cried for one week and its 3 years later and they are happy as can bebibbyscakes@oliveskovski it’s lack of hygiene
leesa_usifo@yewybinitie This happened to us.Cuts,a bump on her forehead.And nobody knew how!!!in short they were suggesting it happened in my house.Still so pissed.
i.am.odewunmi@fabmumng having this challenge currently.. Infection. Everything else is fantastic but this frequent bacteria infection.. My fear is, if I change to another creche, what’s the probability it won’t reoccur? Is there a way to prevent?
u4mabinoneYes!!! When my son said “mummy let’s not sleep so morning won’t come and you will take me to school”
agada_eneMy daughter came down with mumps, I took her to the hospital and met her classmate mum there, who told me her child was just recovering from it as well, I decided to go to the school, and I saw a child with his cheeks swollen obviously suffering from mumps, sitting in class with other healthy children. I was so angry and I called the Proprietress, She told me there was nothing she could do, because the child’s parents had gone to work and she can’t send him home.



Fort Yard

buitidanielI am changing my child’s school because her teacher has an accent and I don’t want it rubbing on my child imaging how she pronounces the letters of the eng alphabet. I can go On but then I know the foundation is key

gnepherCaregiver’s english was pathetic…we had to run🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

verychiHe was in nursery 1. The elderly caregiver though nice and very maternal was too igbotic.

myorganiclivingI changed from the so called best school, because his teacher always complain about his inability to talk fast….He was a slow talker,she just couldn’t understand him, always make me feel bad each time I pick him by comparing him with other kids,I changed a yr ago, and he received award for the most improved during the recent graduation party at his new school, you need to hear how fast he talks now.

joan_la.belle.vieI was at the verge of changing the school when the teacher was kicked out. She would beat my 2yr9mths old just because he could not write. Oh if I remember the day I saw marks on his butt 3 hrs after he returned from school, I still weep. His crime was he cried for his mummy when he was supposed to be writing an exam. My son grew to hate school and the teacher so much so that when he heard that his little sister was soon to join him in school, he wept uncontrollably. Each time I remember I feel like a terrible mom. Thankfully, He is now comfortable with the school and tops his class.

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candykidsngI am changing her school this September because of bad grammar
wigserviceI changed school because I wasn’t impressed with his performance. His teachers kept saying he was doing excellently well, but when I assess him at home it is the opposite! After spending so much on fees. His new school is by far better, they advice he repeated his class which i was in full support of. Foundation is key. He is doing extremely well, speaks well he even coaches his younger brother. I don’t regret it at all.
verychiI changed my son’s when I noticed he had developed igbo accent. He knocked at the door saying “kpai kpai here”.
littleangelsngYes. I changed my child’s school because the school was not truthful with my child’s actual performance. I found out they were always escalating her scores and padding the pupil’s scores for reasons beyond me🤷‍♀️
kidsgadgetsnpartiesThinking of changing cos of the grammar I see in her daily report
aism.aismTeacher never gave me feedback and no replies to my email she wasn’t welcoming. Also many students were failing I found out
littleangelsng@sparklinsatini How can my child’s lowest score in any subject be 98/100? Even in Yoruba language that she didn’t understand?


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justadorablezWe changed because it was all about the book. The school didn’t really have extracurricular activities. We are in a better school now
smartbookeducationalservicesI changed my child’s school because he wasn’t exposed to extra curricular activities.
importeddiapers_ng I changed schools because my work schedule changed and the school didn’t have school bus facility. I was really pained. He joined another school in the second term and these one are just about book only. No soft skill whatsoever. I miss our former school.
camilla4rilWish I cud change mine. Academics is 90 percent n morals 10 percent. I don’t know why d believe that academics over rules morals by that high percentage. 😓😓😓😓


maliyalovesecrets I will be changing their school for the first time this September. They don’t just fumigate! I treat the kids for malaria every term…they return from school with mosquito bites. Secondly, school fee was increased by 25,000 without any explanation. They did the same last year but this time I can’t take it. I don’t know if changing their school will affect them psychologically.

aderonkefameso Hubby is thinking of changing my children school because of increment which am not comfortable with bcus am satisfied with the school they don’t change teachers any how and my child is ok. Still thinking really.


comfymama.ngI changed because of distance. I wanted somewhere closer to home for security and safety reasons
debbiekunmiI changed due to location , and still happy she cope much better than I expected
onostephanie Changed my son from a very good school when we moved houses. We enrolled him in one of the so-called good schools in the area. It turned out to be our biggest mistake. I was practically his teacher. We couldn’t wait for the session to be over to pull him out. He’s doing very well in his new school now and am so proud.
partypops09Changed when I moved House , her other school was good never has issues with them 
lagoswholesalesI changed my children’s school because we moved houses and I prefer the new school much more, it is not about only book but many more extracurricular activity and the focus given per child. They don’t all have the same home work, it is based on the level the child is at the moment
wonderchildforkidsAm about to change school due to location changes, please if you know any good school around Ketu kindly recommend one to me
Oh yeah. Changed when I moved houses. I was so sad.
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Are there other reasons you would want us to know about, kindly comment below.

Win Amazing Prizes at Naija Mathematics Championship

The Naija Mathematics Championship is an online practice and assessment platform put together by Dragnet Solutions Limited – Nigeria’s foremost job assessment company to multinationals like Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron – and The Mathematics Laboratory Limited, owners of the Naija Mathematics-English Championship brands.


Both Dragnet and MathLab have been partners since 2014 in the teaching and  assessment of students in the two core subjects of Mathematics and English Language and have successfully organized two Championships in Mathematics and English Language and has celebrated and rewarded outstanding students, teachers and schools/principals with prizes worth N3,000,000 (Three Million Naira only). 

What’s on offer in 2018?

This year won’t be different from our usual offering of prizes arranged in this order with a total of 31 Prizes are up for grabs:

18 prizes to the 1st/2nd/3rd students in each of the class categories from JS1 – SS3.

☆ 6 prizes to the teachers who taught the 1st prize winners from JS1 – SS3.

☆ 6 prizes to the schools that produced the 1st prize winners from JS1 – SS3.

☆ 1 special prize to the school with the highest number of registered students.

Special tips

 Principals and School Administrators are encouraged to register as many students as possible because a special prize awaits the school with the highest number of registered students. Beyond this, it is important for schools to give all students equal opportunity to take advantage of the practice/assessment because experience has shown that often times, the students who excel at the Championship achieved their feat after they practiced extensively online and not because they were outstanding in their respective classes before they took our assessment. 

Click here to register for the Naija Mathematics Championship 2018



Why You Should Care About The Dining Hall of Your Child’s School


One of the most overlooked parts of a school is its dining hall. But when you look closer you will discover that a school’s dining hall can play a vital role in a student’s life. Most of the moments spent in the school are usually programmed to follow a particular pattern, however, lunchtime presents an opportunity for the learners to express themselves and interact with one another without the influence of a full-grown adult.



A student’s dining hall experience can affect his or her overall academic performance. Beyond ensuring the right nutritional quantity of food is served in their dining hall, schools also need to ensure that the right portion of food is served to students at all times as not getting the portion of food can affect a students concentration during class which in turn will affect learning.


Beyond academic performance, the dining hall presents an opportunity to develop and test soft skills such as contentment, comportment,  self-reliance, kindness, and patience. Children who learn to wait patiently on the queues during meal-time tend to tolerate others more and also demonstrate self-control when faced with pressures and limited options.


Schools where the students are directly involved in the process of preparing and serving foods instill a sense of leadership and accountability on the learners. The dining hall is also a place to learn teamwork and  collaboration as students will be required to work in pairs to achieve a common goal,


Empathy has been reported missing among millennials. The dining hall provides an avenue to teach learners how to evaluate and appreciate the efforts of others. Schools that require students to give feedback on the meals served to them prepare learners to be better activists and less individualistic in their worldview.


When next you are visiting a school, check out their dining hall, kitchen or cafeteria. Pay attention to the pricing and quality of their foods or drinks as well as the storage, hygiene, and safety because failure to do so would result in serious health problems for staffs and students who consume the foods and drinks.




How to Choose a Creche

If you stay in a busy community like we do, then the chance is high that you need a creche to support you as you juggle between parenting and career growth. You can learn from the experiences of other parents when seeking to choose the right creche for your child; see the 8 simple rules below adapted from parents.com.

1. Pay Attention to Interactions


When you’re visiting a creche, pay attention to how the staff interacts with the children. Ideally, a caregiver should be on the floor playing with the kids or holding one on her lap. In their early years, babies need close, loving, interactive relationships with adults in order to thrive. That’s why it’s especially important that babies’ first caregivers be warm and responsive, and that even in group care, infants and older babies get a healthy dose of one-on-one time. 

2. Find out the Level of the Caregivers’ Commitment


Babies need consistent, predictable care. It helps them to form a secure attachment to their caregivers, according to Debra K. Shatoff, a family therapist in private practice in St. Louis.   When choosing a creche, find out how long the current caregivers have been working there and how much turnover the creche usually experiences.

3. Do a policy check.


Find out whether you share parenting philosophies on topics such as discipline (Do the caregivers use time-outs, scoldings?); television (Is the TV on all day or used sparingly, if at all?); feeding (What snacks or drinks are provided for older babies?); sleeping (When are naps offered? How are fussy babies put to sleep?); and so forth. Inquire about the sick-child policy (What symptoms prevent a child from attending?). Also, ask whether there’s a backup plan should the caregiver get sick and be unable to work. The more questions you ask early on, the less likely you are to be unpleasantly surprised later.

4. Drop by and spy


While word-of-mouth referrals from other parents or trusted resources are important, you need to look at a place for yourself to assess whether it meets your needs. Of course, any child-care environment should be kept clean, childproofed, and well stocked with sturdy books and toys that are age-appropriate. Other details to consider: When older children share the space, toys with small parts (choking hazards) should be kept away from younger babies. Ideally, infants and babies should have their own area where they won’t get “loved” too much by older toddlers. A room or separate area dedicated solely to swings and bouncers may look appealing at first glance, but keep in mind that growing babies need plenty of floor time to develop and strengthen their muscles. If possible, try to visit the same creche at different times of the day to get a sense of how the staff interacts with the children and what the routine is. You may want to consider popping in unannounced a few times after you’ve enrolled your child, just to see how things are going. Sometimes your visits will confirm that the place is right for you, but sometimes they’ll be a real eye-opener.

5. Keep talking


Until your baby can talk, you will be relying on what the caregiver tells you about your child’s day. Make sure you can communicate comfortably with each other. When you first hand off your child in the morning, you should tell the caregiver how your little one slept the night before, if he is teething, and whether he ate breakfast. At the end of the day you’ll want to know similar information, such as the number of diapers he went through, when he napped, and if he seemed happy overall. It’s always preferable to speak to the caregiver in person. If that’s not possible, ask if there’s a convenient time to phone, perhaps at nap time.

6. Problem-solve pronto.


It’s inevitable that you’ll experience conflicts with your caregiver, both large and small. Address problems right away rather than ignoring them until they grow out of proportion. Some issues can be resolved quickly; others may require more discussion. Whatever the conflict, treat the caregiver in a respectful manner, but don’t be afraid to speak up, says Deborah Borchers, MD, a pediatrician in private practice in Cincinnati. When broaching a difficult subject, ask the caregiver’s opinion, and hear her out. As the parent, you have the final word with an in-home caregiver, but you’re more likely to elicit cooperation if the caregiver knows she has been heard. For example, instead of demanding an earlier nap time to make bedtime easier, ask the caregiver if she has ideas about how to adjust your baby’s schedule so he won’t grow so overtired in the evening.

7. Trust your gut


Every parent knows when something doesn’t feel quite right. You may be turned off by a creche everyone in town raves about or clash with a highly recommended sitter. If that happens, keep searching. Babies deserve, and thrive under, good, nurturing care. If something just doesn’t feel right about your situation, investigate other options.

8. Be open to change.




You’re not married to a particular person or situation, and if things don’t work out, you can always make a switch. Yes, you want consistency for your baby, but that doesn’t mean you can’t alter arrangements. Babies are resilient; as long as they’re having a positive experience with their new caregiver, they’ll be just fine, points out Dr. Shatoff.

No matter what your work hours, you are still your child’s essential caregiver — the most consistent source of love and support in her life. Under your care and guidance, along with the help of your well-chosen caregivers, your baby will flourish and grow into a happy, healthy child.

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Entrance Examination Dates of Top Schools in Nigeria

Do your 2018 goals include choosing the right secondary school for your wards? SchoolsCompass is committed to helping you achieve your goals better. Find below the entrance examination dates of top schools in Nigeria.


Practical Classroom

The White Dove College is a Day and Boarding school that provides an outstanding all-round education of international standard. We are committed to the pursuit of individual excellence with an emphasis on discipline, leadership training, high academic standards, moral and ethical values based on Christian principles. 

The White Dove College entrance examination is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018, by 9:00 am at the school premises which is at White Dove Drive, off Cardinal Olubunmi Okojie Road, By New Road Bus-Stop, Km 47 Lekki-Epe Expressway, Sangotedo. Click here to find out more about The White Dove College.



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Image Source: Albesta Academy 

Albesta Academy is a Day and Boarding school that develop nations by developing students into great achievers through holistic education which cuts through mental, physical, social, spiritual, intellectual growth, and enduring service to humanity

Albesta Academy entrance examination is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018, by 9:00 am at the school premises which is at Eleko Beach Road, By Eleko Junction, Off Lekki Epe Express. Click here to find out more about Albesta Academy.


Image Source: City of Knowledge Academy
Image Source: City of Knowledge Academy

City of Knowledge Academy is a Boarding school that provides excellent academic and leadership training for young minds. The institution is an outstanding school where we ensure that each student plays a musical instrument and gets a Microsoft certification.

City of Knowledge Academy entrance examination is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, Saturday, March 17, 2018, and Saturday, April 21, 2018, anytime within the working hours at the school premises which is opposite NIPCO Filling Station, Besides Otunba Tunwase Pediatrics Hospital, Ijebu-Ode. Click here to find out more about the City of Knowledge Academy.



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Image Source: Olashore Schools

Olashore International School is a Boarding school that committed to academic excellence, nurturing each child to their full potential in a safe and serene environment, developing leaders for the dynamic global society in the 21st century.

Olashore International School entrance examination is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, by 9:00 am at Ajose Adeogun, Victoria Island, Lagos. Click here to find out more about Olashore International School.



Image Source: Pinefield Schools


Image Source: Pinefield Schools

Pinefield Schools is a Day and Boarding school that nurtures each child’s inherent ability to its full potential, instilling 21st-century survival skills, good manners, open-mindedness and the fear of God.

Pinefield Schools entrance examination is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, and Saturday, March 24, 2018, by 10:00 am at the school premises which is at Pinefield School Hall, Christ Avenue, Off Admiralty Road, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. Click here to find out more about Pinefield Schools.



Image Source: Goldenline Schools
Image Source: Goldenline Schools

Goldenline Schools is a Day and Boarding school that make quality education accessible to every child.

Goldenline Schools entrance examination is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 2, 2018, by 10:00 am at the school premises which is at Goldenline School, 10 Ajayi Coker Street, Off Femi Akinmade Close, Addo Road, Ajah. Click here to find out more about Goldenline Schools.



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Raberto Schools is a Day school that uses all their resources (human & material) to enable your value child experience the best practices.

Raberto Schools entrance examination is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 2, 2018, by 10:00 am at the school premises which is at Raberto Exam center, 159, Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja. Click here to find out more about Raberto Schools


Image Source: Alpha Covenant Heritage Schools


Image Source: Alpha Covenant Heritage Schools

Alpha Covenant Heritage Schools is a Day and Boarding school that emphasis on the holistic raising-up of cultured, well-adjusted individuals, who uncompromisingly retain the principles and precepts of Godliness, even on an international stage.

Alpha Covenant Heritage Schools entrance examination is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 2, 2018, by 10:00 am at the school premises which is at Alpha Covenant Heritage School 18, Akinyemi Street, Awoyaya. Click here to find out more about Alpha Covenant Heritage Schools.


Image Source: British Nigerian Academy

British Nigerian Academy is a Boarding school that prepares students for national and international exams including the university foundation Programme and IB Diploma.

British Nigerian Academy entrance examination is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018, Saturday, April 7, 2018, Saturday, April 14, Saturday, May 19, 2018 and Saturday, June 7, 2018, by 10:00 am at the school premises which is at Drive 6, Prince & Princess Estate. Duboyi District, FCT. Click here to find out more about British Nigerian Academy.


Image Source: Mater Ecclesiae College
Image Source: Mater Ecclesiae College

Mater Ecclesiae college is a Boarding school that fill students with the aspiration to attain the heights in academic pursuits, reverential appreciation for the sense of the sacred and love for the supremely divine as well as a strong belief in creative thinking and initiative.

Master Ecclesiae College entrance examination is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 10, 2018, and  Saturday, March 24, 2018, by 10:00 am at the school premises which is at Old Isiwo Road, Igbodu Village, Epe, Lagos. Click here to find out more about Mater Ecclesiae College.


Image Source: Imaad Schools
Image Source: Imaad Schools

Imaad school is a Day and Boarding school that set up an international school for Muslim children where we help them discover and nurture their ardent innate talents to full potentials; establish a relationship with God with the help of our highly qualified personnel concerned with the intellectual, social, spiritual and personal development of all the students.

Imaad school entrance examination is scheduled to place on  Saturday, March 24, 2018, Saturday, June 3o, 2018 and Saturday, August 11, 2018 by 10:00 am at the school premises which is at plot 1-6, Imaad Close, by Northern Foreshore Estate, off Agungi-Ajiran Road, Agungi Bus stop, Lagos. Click here to find out more about Imaad schools.



Top 4 Reasons Effective Speaking Skills are Important for Teachers by Esther Omodiagbe

Is the ability to speak effectively important for teachers? The answer is a resounding yes.

Professional educators keep themselves continuously on an upward learning curve. They know that in addition to regularly upgrading their technical competence, one critical skill that can greatly increase their effectiveness in the classroom and enhance their credibility is the ability to speak effectively.

The ability to speak effectively is a pivotal skill required for almost facet of the teaching profession. Teachers depend on their verbal abilities to carry out their primary responsibility for knowledge sharing. Also, teaching staff communicates vital information about themselves and their schools every time they interface with parents, prospective parents and other stakeholders.

Here are top 4 reasons teaching staff should constantly strive to sharpen their speaking skills:


1. Impact Positively the Speaking Skills of their Students


There is no doubt that the verbal abilities of a teaching staff will to some extent affect the speaking skills of his or her students. Teachers who speak confidently and correctly will set a positive standard for their students to emulate.

2. Create the Right First Impression

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First impression matters. Teachers who exhibit effective speaking skills command positive attention and project themselves as true professionals. In addition, when it comes to making an impact with parents, nothing impresses them like teachers who have taken the time to work on their speaking skills.

3. Increase Effectiveness in the Classroom

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Effective speaking skills will enable teachers to articulate their ideas with clarity when teaching, as well as make their classes more interesting and engaging.

4. Enhance the Competitive Advantage of Schools

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Top educational institutions know that the spoken communication of their teachers can speak volumes about their brand, and ultimately give them an edge over less articulate competitors. One of my clients told me recently that she wanted to change her children’s school. When I asked the reason for her decision, she explained that she has observed that some of her children’s teachers do not speak well. On the positive side, teachers who speak will help to enhance the competitive advantage of their schools, which can boost enrollment.

Do you want to stand out, increase your professional credibility, and create a positive impression of yourself as a teacher? Then give attention to regularly improving your speaking skills.

“Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things.”  – Ben Johson

Post contributed by   Esther Omodiagbe. Follow her on Twitter to learn more.          




What is Blended Learning and Which Model Works Best for Your School?

 Just Another Buzz Word?

Source: Ed Tech Weekly

The education industry is always agog with one buzzword or the other; from Montessori to adaptive testing, e-learning, mobile learning, etc. Parents usually do not know (usually because they make little or no attempt to learn) know what these buzzwords really mean but always expect schools to not only have the knowledge but also adapt them. This gives school leaders a lot to catch up on and increases the efforts required to not only keep up with trends but stay ahead of it. One of those buzzwords that are currently trending in the Nigerian education space is “Blended Learning”.

In simpler words, blended learning means using face-to-face and online interactions in teaching. A better way to understand it is to think of blended learning as a student-centered approach that integrates learning experiences in online and traditional brick-and-mortar environments. So it is basically a hybrid or mixed-mode of delivering instructions partly through traditional face-to-face interaction as well as via web-based online platforms.

Source: Michigan Ross – University of Michigan

What Blended Learning is Not

Many school owners have a way of defining everything that involves the use of an electronic device as e-learning. Whether it is computer-based testing (CBT), computer-aided instruction (CAI), computer-based instruction (CBI), school management solutions or even basic internet access, everything is tagged e-learning. While this is not absolutely wrong, it makes it more difficult to adequately measure how well schools are integrating technology.

Blended learning is not a type of online learning, neither is it a type of software or computer program. It is simply a way of delivering personalised instructions by ensuring that learners have control over their learning experience without necessarily eliminating the teacher. Personalisation is at the heart of every blended learning activity or instruction. 


How Blended Learning Works

Interestingly, even without the direct influence of schools, blended learning adoption has been on the increase given the information literacy ability of today’s learners. It is not uncommon to find learners searching for videos online or reading up on lessons taught in the classroom. Whenever learners rely on online resources (e-learning) to further understand what has been taught in the traditional classroom (face-t0-face student interaction), then blended learning is said to be taking place.

My description of how blended learning works makes it seem like schools have no role to play right? Wrong!
For technology to aid pedagogy, it must be accompanied by fundamental process re-design. Schools are required to create a blended learning experience by designing how exactly technology should be used by the student. For instance, introducing research projects or recommending curriculum-based revision videos to students enables them to explore learning beyond the classroom knowledge which is the flexibility and personalisation blended learning affords.

Interesting Blended Learning Models Nigerian  Schools Can Adopt

Let’s define models as process designs. Blended learning models, therefore, are the methods that have been adopted to ensure blended learning takes place.  Dreambox learning highlighted 6 common blended learning models summarised below. 

1) Face-to-Face Driver Model

Of all the blended learning models, face-to-face driver is the closest to a typical school structure. With this approach, the introduction of online instruction is decided on a case-by-case basis, meaning only certain students in a given class will participate in any form of blended learning. The face-to-face driver approach allows students who are struggling or working above their grade level to progress at their own pace using technology in the classroom.

In lower primary classes where learning abilities are largely heterogeneous and family background plays a major role in the level of intelligence demonstrated by students, the face-to-face driver model makes it possible for learners who may not have enough contextual background to properly comprehend what is being taught in the classroom. Take for instance, in a Social Studies class where students have just learnt about road signs, learners from urban areas would might easily catch-on because they see a lot of road signs every day. This may not be the case for learners from rural or low-income areas. To ensure a balance, the schools need to prepare and recommend online resources to be studied at home before or after classroom instructions. In order to do this more effectively, learning resources must be developed or acquired during the instructional design phase.

2) Rotation Model
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In this form of blended learning, students rotate between different stations on a fixed schedule – either working online or spending face-to-face time with the teacher.

The rotation model is ideal for nomadic education. Despite the progress made against illiteracy in Nigeria, more work is needed to be done to ensure that nomadic farmers, herdsmen, fishermen and other itinerant learners receive adequate instruction to make their education at par with other non-itinerant learners. Providing periodic access to learning resources (preferably at a centralised location) will help learners structure their time to accommodate learning

Even in urban areas, introducing library hour in the school timetable where students are expected to use the e-learning facilities provided by the school at a specific period will engender information literacy and self-motivation in the learners. Teachers can give learners assignments and other learning tasks ahead of the library-hour (a way of flipping the classroom) which will then serve as a template for learners during blended learning.

3) Flex Model
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Schools who are supporting a large number of non-traditional or at-risk students often choose the flex model of blended learning. With this approach, the material is primarily delivered online. Although teachers are in the room to provide on-site support as needed, learning is primarily self-guided, as students independently learn and practice new concepts in a digital environment. 

If you have a group of self-motivated learners who prefer learning at their own pace, then the flex model is for you. With students having access to all the learning resources, the teacher becomes a facilitator or moderator rather than an instructor. This model is most-ideal for senior classes (especially students preparing for national and international terminal examinations).  This model is very helpful when learners are way behind schedule and a make-up class is not possible. 

Beyond the advantages of the flex model mentioned earlier, it turns out that the model is one of the easiest ways to achieve inclusive education. Using PBS Parents definition, “Inclusive education happens when children with and without disabilities participate and learn together in the same classes. Research shows that when a child with disabilities attends classes alongside peers who do not have disabilities, good things happen.” My point exactly is that students who are constantly out-of-school due to a medical or physical condition can keep up with other colleagues when this model is in place.

Let’s sum it up

Congratulations for making it to this point; Blending learning should sound less like another buzzword by now. The goal of blended learning is to empower students to develop their own learning experience. Individualised learning which blended learning engenders empowers students to become self-directed and life-long learners. While there are several other blended learning adoption models we’ve limited the conversation to just three because of how well they resonate with the Nigerian education system.

The face-to-face diver model builds on the successes of the traditional teacher-led classroom lessons while also providing a bridge between slow and fast learners. The rotation model solves the problem posed by time and human resource limitations while the flex model makes it possible for students to fully own their learning experience. 



3 Simple Steps to Managing Your Time More Effectively

With table loads of paper works, long list of interviewees, unending complaints from parents and an obvious need for more self-development, many school owners would be happy to have more than 24 hours in a day. Beyond school leaders’  obvious need for time management, teachers also require better time management strategies in coping with the complexities of the 21st century classroom and learners.

Source: The Economic Times

Human beings and computers alike share the challenge of how to get as much done as possible in a limited time. Over the last fifty or so years, computer scientists have learned a lot of good strategies for managing time effectively — and they have a lot of experience with what can go wrong. Here are three simple steps to managing your time effectively as an educationist adapted from Brian Christian insights on how to make the most of our own lives.


1. Prioritise

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Some tasks may not be urgent but they are very important. Other tasks may be important but if ignored because they don’t seem urgent, the result may be counter-productive. For instance, you may decide to finish drafting the school timetable before attending to visitors. This is because every other activity in the school will be held to ransom if the timetable is not drafted whereas, only a few individuals will be affected by the delay in attending to visitors.


2. Schedule

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In the TED Education video below,  Computer scientist – Brian Christian discussed how spending more time on prioritising and scheduling your task leads to getting a lot more done faster. Computers schedule tasks before processing them and that is why they’ve turned out to be more reliable than most humans. Therefore, never start your day with tasks, start it with scheduling.


3. Eliminate Interruptions

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When computers move from one task to the other, they have to make a context switch which involves moving existing data out of its memory and moving new data in. The lesson from this is we get less done when we keep moving from one task to the other. Reducing interruptions can significantly increase productivity. Another good way to achieve this is by turning off notifications. For instance, you can insist that all phones are silent during meetings. You can also refuse to attend to any visitor or complaints during your personal study hours. What happens is you will work more deeply even if it means less broadly.



Just as the computer manages interruptions by grouping notifications based on how long they can wait before being attended to, prioritising, scheduling and managing interruptions will not only enable you to get more work done but also enable you to feel completely in control of your time.



6 Marketing Strategies for Schools

The education industry is increasingly becoming more competitive. More people are investing in staffing, facilities and operations making it increasingly difficult to stand out among other schools. Here are 6  ideas for preschool and schools adapted from a post by world-leading education strategist – Tausif Mulla 

If you are planning to start your own preschool or looking for a franchise you need to keep in mind the below points before starting your own venture.

  • Pricing
  • Quality of teaching
  • Brand recognition
  • Activity calendar
  • Communication skills of teachers
  • Location & transportation
  • Facilities
  • Hygiene standards
  • School policies
  • Support Staff
Tausif Mulla
Associate Faculty & Marketing Specialist at Westford University

Tausif Mulla while interacting with parents conducted a study with a sample size of 50 and these results validated a similar parent survey conducted by SchoolsCompass late last year.  From these results, it is evident that parents consider the quality of teaching, school brand, pricing and activities as the key parameters before selecting a preschool or high school. Now that we know the key parameters while selecting a school so let’s learn about influencing factors that result in conversions i.e admissions.

It was discovered that the most influencing factor while selecting a preschool and school are relatives. Most parents discuss their child’s performance with their relatives and friends which result in the selection of an XYZ school. Now that we have learned the parameters and influencing factors that help parents to make their decision let’s discuss the strategy that you as the preschooler or high school can consider in your marketing plan. 

 6 Strategies for a preschool & higher school



1. Don’t SELL, Educate Parents

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If you are thinking that you can sell to parents you are wrong. Gone are the days when the school used to be the dictator today the customer (parents) are dictators. Today’s parents are well informed and educated, so if you think you can sell the admission you will burn your hands. Parent’s need to be educated about education and its importance. As a school, you need to have a concern about the child’s education more than the parents only then parents will make the decision in your favour.

2.  Don’t fall into PRICING traps

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 One of the most common mistakes schools do is, falling into pricing traps. If you are providing the high-quality education you can demand higher fees. In Nigeria, most schools do the opposite. We provide average quality and ask for higher fees.  Focus on providing quality, streamline your process, improve your delivery, hire highly qualified teachers and interact with your parents very often. If you do all these and your customers (parents) are part of this, your school will never have a struggle in its profitability.

 3. Awareness Program Initiatives

Source: Doveland International School
Source: Doveland International School

 As part of your marketing strategy, your school should always be in the limelight for supporting some cause. For example, start a breast cancer awareness initiative and run campaigns around it. This initiative should be a part of all your communications (online & offline).

  “If you don’t Stand up for something then you will fall for anything” – Malcolm X

The above saying perfectly goes in marketing as well. As a brand, you have to stand with a cause and concentrate your marketing activities around it.

4.  Position your school as One Stop Solution in Education

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 If you are an established player in education you should definitely use this strategy. In my study, I realized that once parents take admission in preschool their concern is about admission to the higher school for grade 1.
If you are a chain of schools, make sure you are positioning your school as one stop for parents. Parents are concerned about donations, admissions procedures, interviews and so on. As a preschool, you can have a strategy wherein if the child takes an admission in playgroup or nursery and continues with the preschool for Lower Kindergarten (LKG) and Upper Kindergarten (UKG) the child will get direct admission into the high school i.e the parent school.

 If you are a startup preschool then you need to have tied up with an external school/schools. This will increase your conversions as parents will rest assured about the admissions for the higher grade.

 5. Use a REFERRAL service


You can increase your enrolment leads beyond your brand popularity by being referred by other trusted brands. This could be feeder schools, religious associations, community network or education agents. Beyond this, more parents are depending on online referral services given the ease and reach it provides. SchooslCompass.com.ng currently records over 15,000 monthly visits and provides referral services to parents daily. To enjoy priority listing in referral services, upgrade sign-up and upgrade your membership today.

6. Engage with Parents 

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If Digital Marketing is not part of your current strategy you might lose your customers (parents) over a period of time. As per Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the third level of the pyramid is the need of Love and Belonging. Your customers’ i.e parents have the need to be social and connect with one another. In today’s scenario where social media has become a part of our daily life; as a school, you cannot ignore the opportunity to connect with parents on these mediums.

 Have a social media marketing strategy where your school is engaging with your customers on daily basis, answering their queries and communicating with them. You can make your weekly post calendar and update it on all your channels starting from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, and blogs. For example, every Monday your social media will talk about Do’s and Don’ts



As Seth Godin says “Make your product/service REMARKABLE”. In education, your customer is the parent and your consumer is the child so plan your strategy accordingly.
These are some of the strategies which you can include in your current strategy. If you have some more creative ideas please comment below.



RenMoney Nigeria Makes Back2School Effortless With Affordable Loans

RenMoney Nigeria MFB is making it easy for parents and guardians to get their children and/or wards #Back2school early and ready with a RenMoney School Fees Loan. RenMoney School Fees Loan is a credit facility that offers up to N4,000,000 quick cash loans at cheap rates to sort out back to school expenses.

According to the MD/CEO RenMoney MFB Nigeria, RenMoney School Fees Loan was born out of a desire to address the high costs and associated panic that parents face when schools resume for a new term. “We want to make sure that parents can access cash as quickly as possible,” he said, “we also want to make sure that repayment terms are easy and will not break the bank, which is why the interest rate on School Fees Loan are so low” he concluded.

Regardless of how demanding the festive season may have been on your finances, RenMoney School Fees Loan comes at lower rates and requires no collateral. Loan processing is fast and comes with convenient monthly repayment terms over an agreed tenor.

RenMoney’s School Fees Loan covers tuition, registration, books, lunch as well as other invoiced education-related costs by the school(s).

Parents who want to pay education-related fees for their children and/or wards to schools/institutions are encouraged to take advantage of this offer by contacting RenMoney on 070073666639 or sign up for a RenMoney School Fees Loan 

You can also follow RenMoney on all social media channels to stay up-to-date on activities in the #Back2School campaign.


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